Trump On International Holocaust Day
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Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men.” Ps 59:1-2
TRUMP ON INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST DAY: USA President Donald Trump on 26 Jan. 2018 condemned the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust, in a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp in Poland. We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis’ systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people. In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, the Nazis also enslaved and killed millions of Slavs, Roma, people with disabilities, priests and religious leaders, and others who courageously opposed their brutal regime,” said Trump. “Our Nation is indebted to the Holocaust’s survivors. Despite the trauma they carry with them, they continue to educate us by sharing their experiences, strength and wisdom. Although they are aging and their numbers are slowly dwindling, their stories remain with us, giving us the strength to combat intolerance, including anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry and discrimination,” he continued. “Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust to prevent new horrors against humanity from occurring.” (Arutz-7) Pray that the battles raging on many fronts against anti-Semitic violence and abuse will be won - and that those who perpetrate such hatred will be severely penalized.
THE “HOLOCAUST”: The "Holocaust" refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945 the end of the war in Europe. Millions of Jewish men, women and children were murdered by Hitler and his brutal cohorts during this time. While it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of Jewish victims six million is the round figure. Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and death camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Buchenwald was a German Nazi concentration camp established near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and largest of the concentration camps on German soil. It was in holes such as these that Jewish victims were starved, tortured, subjected to slave labor, beatings, inhumane medical experiments and murdered in gas chambers by the millions. Elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer mental and physical torments to this day. Their children in many cases bear traumatic scars as a result of being raised by such emotionally and physically shattered parents. (JNN) “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” Isa. 40:1
WORLD REMEMBERS HOLOCAUST AMID SIGNS OF RISING HATRED: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that anti-Semitism is on the rise in her country as political leaders, Holocaust survivors and others mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a weekly podcast, she called it "incomprehensible and a disgrace that no Jewish institution can exist without police security - whether it is a school, a kindergarten or a synagogue." In Warsaw, Poland, USA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Commemorations were also held later Saturday 27 Jan. 2018 to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. (Fox)
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UK LABOUR LEADER FAILS TO MENTION JEWS IN HOLOCAUST DAY MESSAGE: The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has blasted British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, after he failed to include a reference to Jews and anti-Semitism in his statement on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Corbyn had earlier shared on his Facebook page the message he had written in the Holocaust Educational Trust memorial book. “We should never forget the Holocaust: The millions who died, the millions displaced and cruel hurt their descendants have suffered,” he wrote. “At this, and at all other times, we should reflect and make sure succeeding generations understand the power of words; their power to do good and inspire; and their power to promote hate and division. Let us use their power to educate to inspire but above all to build values of trust and respect,” wrote the Labour leader. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt later tweeted, “To omit any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism in your Holocaust remembrance statement is offensive to us and the millions murdered. Nazi ideology was rooted in hate & anti-Semitism. We can never forget that.” Corbyn has increasingly come under fire for his failure to properly deal with the anti-Semitism within the ranks of the Labour party. Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements. (Arutz-7)
SAUDI-BASED MUSLIM BODY REJECTS HOLOCAUST DENIAL: A Saudi-based Muslim group rejected Holocaust denial in a letter to the USA Holocaust Memorial Museum. “History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it,” said the letter sent 22 Jan. 2018 to the museum by Mohammad Al Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Hence, we consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds.” The letter was posted on the site of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Al Issa suggested the letter was prompted in part by his friendship with the think tank’s director, Robert Satloff, who has written extensively about North African Muslims who protected Jews during the Holocaust. A former justice minister, Al Issa took over the Saudi-funded Muslim World League in 2016. The appointment of Al Issa appears to be a piece of Saudi Arabia’s pivotal westward turn under its new crown prince, Muhammad bin Sultan, Satloff said. “Taking his lead from Mohammad bin Salman, the current crown prince who has vowed to cleanse his country of extremism and return it to ‘moderate Islam,’ Al Issa seems to have a specific mandate to transform the MWL from an organization synonymous with extremism to one that preaches tolerance,” he said. (INN)
NEW ISRAELI SYSTEM SHOWS WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE THE MOST ONLINE ANTI-SEMITISM: Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Ministry of Diaspora unveiled a new system that monitors anti-Semitic posts on social media and exposes them. The system, dubbed Anti-Semitism Cyber Monitoring System (ACMS), was developed by the Defense Ministry and other cyber companies. It allows authorities to view exactly how many anti-Semitic posts are currently online, how viral they are and who is behind them. It can also sort the posts by country name, exposing the countries with the most online anti-Semitism. "Let every anti-Semitic activist on social media know he is exposed from now on," said Diaspora Minister Naftali Bennett. "It's time we put a mirror in front of our haters and expose the ugly face of the modern anti-Semite, the one who doesn't hang swastikas out on the street but posts them on Twitter. From this day on, we will know who those anti-Semitic inciters are and they will be dealt with by law enforcement authorities worldwide." (Koenig)
IRAN HAS FIRED 23 BALLISTIC MISSILES SINCE START OF 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL: Iran has aggressively pursued its ballistic missile program since agreeing to the 2015 nuclear deal, regularly launching nuclear-capable missiles in what critics consider a violation of the spirit of the deal, according to a report obtained by Fox News. The report shows Iran has fired some 23 missiles since signing the deal, as many as 16 of them nuclear-capable. The controversial deal reached with the Obama administration did not include a ban on missiles, and Iran and European signatories to the agreement stress international inspectors have certified Iran is in compliance. But critics say the robust missile program shows the Islamic republic is bent on intimidating its enemies and preparing for the day when it can do so with the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The deal’s opponents, including the Trump administration, argue that the nuclear agreement has emboldened Iran’s non-nuclear activity - its support of extremism, ballistic missile development and cyber-attacks. President Trump has threatened to pull the USA out of the Iran deal by May 2018 if European nations refuse to agree to changes. Israel considers Iran to be its most menacing foe, one that unceasingly threatens to destroy the Jewish State. (Fox) Pray according to Scripture: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me.” Isa. 54:17
AMERICAN UN ENVOY NIKKI HALEY TO PRESS IRAN MISSILE THREAT ON SECURITY COUNCIL DELEGATION: The USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is heading a delegation of Security Council diplomats visiting Washington, DC this week, as part of a continued push by the Trump administration to emphasize its concerns about Iran’s supply of missiles to proxies in the Middle East. The USA Mission to the UN said on 26 Jan. 2018 that Haley would lead the diplomats on a tour of the Iranian weaponry supplied to the Shi’a Islamist Houthi militias in Yemen. The weapons were first unveiled in Dec. 2017 by the Pentagon at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, near the nation’s capital. The weapons that diplomats were scheduled to view were originally provided to the USA by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “These are Iranian made, these are Iranian sent, and these were Iranian given,” Haley said at the time of the weapons’ unveiling. Meanwhile, a prominent Washington, DC-based think tank calculated this week that Iran had conducted 23 ballistic missile launches since the announcement of the JCPOA - the nuclear deal agreed to by six world powers and Iran - in July 2015. The launches were significant, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) argued in a new policy memorandum, because they showed Iran’s continued determination to assemble a missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead. (Algemeinger)
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